By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Striking academic and non academic workers of the four tertiary institutions owned by the Osun State Government have vowed to continue with their two month old industrial action on the ground that their demands were yet to be met by the government.
The state government had last Friday, 16th May, 2014, in a public announcement broadcast on both the state radio and television directed all striking staff of the affected institutions to resume back to work today, Monday 19th 2014 for normal academic and non-academic activities in the institutions.
The affected institutions are: Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; Osun State College of Education, Ilesa; and Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun.
In a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, the state Ministry of Education, Mr. Kunle Oyeniran, the state government stated it had met all the demands of the striking staff of the institutions.
According to Oyeniran, the state government had approved the extension of the retirement age of the academic staff of the affected institutions to 65years from 60years as well as granting autonomy to the authority of the institution through the establishment of Governing council for each of the institution.
The workers are demanding among other things full implementation of the new contributory pension scheme, address understaffing in the institutions, alleged high tax regime, full autonomy and extension of retirement age to 65years.
When our correspondent contacted the chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Osun State Polytechnic, Iree chapter Mr. Dotun Omisore on his mobile phone, he confirmed the directive by the government that all workers should resume for work but maintained that the union was yet to comply to the directive.
Omisore said that the state government was yet to give approval to the extension of retirement age of academic workers saying “there is no letter of approval yet from the government on the subject matter.
On the contributory pension scheme, Omisore asked the government to honour its law by restraining to deduct their money when its (government) counterpart was not paid and remitted to the appropriate quarters.
He stressed that the state government has not fulfil its promises to the workers adding that the issue of autonomy is yet to be addressed as well.